Our admissions process is designed to identify curious and courageous students who are committed to solving our shared global challenges. Join this changemaking community and together learn from world class speakers, instructors, mentors — and each other.
It is with heavy hearts but clear minds that we announce that we are not re-launching our Fellowship in August 2021. We remain committed to re-launching the Fellowship as soon as it is safe. We have an active internal committee that will reassess the situation in March 2021 to determine whether it may be feasible to re-launch the Fellowship in January 2022. If you’d like to be notified when we open applications for next year’s program, you can request information here.
Apply online in just 1-2 hours. No test scores required! Our selective admissions process is designed to get to know you as a whole person, not a number.
The strongest applicants are invited to interview with a staff member or alum. This is your opportunity to share your story and ask questions about the program.
Within just 2-3 weeks of your interview, you'll receive the admissions decision.
(1) Select your country: We'll provide a detailed country guide to help you confidently choose your destination.
(2) Apply for financial aid: We offer both merit and need-based aid. For need-based aid, you'll submit your FAFSA or CSS Profile and fill out a short form about your family’s financial situation.
(3) Complete a medical form: Schedule a visit with your doctor to complete a medical form confirming that your health and well-being can be maintained during 8 months abroad.
You're in! After we confirm your country, financial aid award, and medical review status, you'll have 2 weeks to send in a $500 deposit and reserve your spot as an official Global Citizen Year Fellow. Let the adventure begin!
Our admissions process is designed to select and bring together the most promising young leaders of the new generation - individuals who will inspire change during their gap year and beyond. Coming from diverse backgrounds across the US and the world, what these young leaders have in common is curiosity, grit, and a drive to make an impact. For all the aspiring changemakers and students hungry to take education into their own hands, this year is for you.
The Eligibility Criteria outline the requirements for Fellows to be reliable, fully committed, and capable of of working hard to achieve the program goals.
By design, Global Citizen Year is a challenging program. Fellows step out of their comfort zones and push past former limits. The health and the well being of our Fellows and staff are of the highest priority at Global Citizen Year.
It is important to recognize that there is, and always will be, a certain degree of risk in the very nature of a Global Citizen Year. Because Fellows live, work, and travel in environments that can be remote, dynamic, and physically or emotionally challenging, we expect Fellows to work with us to maintain good health and well-being. For more details, please see the General Terms & Conditions, the Policy Handbook, or contact us at email@example.com.
Global Citizen Year has cultivated a strong network of outstanding host families abroad. Your tuition includes 8 months room and board (3 meals a day) with one of our trained and vetted host families.
Unlike many gap year programs, Global Citizen Year covers the cost of your round-trip flight from our kick-off training in California to your host country and back.
Global Citizen Year covers your medical and evacuation insurance so that in the unlikely case of an emergency, you will be well taken care of.
Tuition includes on-going leadership training throughout your Global Citizen Year.
Our Team Leaders are trained youth development professionals who live in the host country and support you in engaging with your community and meeting your goals for the year. Team Leaders conduct bi-monthly check-ins and are on-call for support. We maintain an average 10:1 Fellow to Team Leader ratio.
Your tuition includes intensive language training during your first month in country and on-going weekly tutoring sessions for the following 7 months.
Global Citizen Year covers the transportation costs for Fellows to travel to/from designated locations for trainings in the host country.
To ensure Fellows can easily communicate in country, Global Citizen Year provides all Fellows with a SIM card to put in their personal phone, plus emergency phone credit. Based on financial need, Fellows may qualify for a loaner phone.
Our top priority is to support the well-being of our Fellows and our Fellows and our global community. We recently posted an update with information on how we’re responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Please view our update here.
Our full tuition is $32,500, and we offer both merit and need-based scholarships. We are committed to making our program accessible, and historically, about 30% of our class have received a FULL gap year scholarship, and an additional 50% have received partial gap year scholarships. Visit our Tuition & Financial Aid page for more information about merit scholarship opportunities and what is included in tuition.
Most colleges are supportive of gap years - not surprising when studies show that gap students get higher GPAs and are more active on campus. Whether you choose to defer your acceptance or to re-apply, our Director of College Admissions Guidance will support you through the process. We're also proud to offer several college partnerships.
Students worldwide ages 17-21
Feb 13 - May 6, 2022
7-10 hours per week
Early: Oct 29
Regular: Nov 22
Apply online in one hour. We select for a well-rounded global cohort that brings a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Strong candidates will demonstrate a curious mindset, a commitment to self-reflection and a strong motivation to make a meaningful impact.
If you are unable to afford the tuition, there’s a check-box on the application where you can indicate that, if accepted, you would like to apply for a need-based scholarship.
The Admissions Team will carefully review your application and email you an admissions decision within 5 business days of applying. If accepted, you will receive a Welcome Packet to e-sign and instructions to submit your $500 deposit.
If you indicated that you cannot afford the tuition and would like to be considered for a need-based scholarship, your Acceptance email will instead include instructions on how to apply for financial aid. You will have two weeks to submit your financial aid application. Only after we have received and reviewed your financial aid application, will you receive your Welcome Packet (which will include information on whether you’ve been awarded a scholarship). Visit our Scholarships page for more information on our financial aid process and philosophy.
Admissions decisions are need-blind; we do not factor financial need into our admissions decision.
After receiving your Welcome Packet, you will have two weeks for you and your parent or guardian to e-sign the Welcome Packet, submit your $500 deposit, and select your course times.
Due to high demand, we cannot hold your spot in the Academy if we do not receive your signed Welcome Packet and deposit within the allotted two weeks.
Once you submit your deposit and sign the Welcome Packet, we’ll send you an invitation to login to Minerva’s online learning Forum and complete a technology check. This step ensures your hardware and WiFi are set up for success.
Students requesting financial aid will complete the tech check as part of the financial aid application.
Congrats and welcome to the Academy community! Once your tech check is complete, you’ll gain access to exclusive Meet & Greets with your new classmates and Academy alumni.
Tuition for Global Citizen Year Academy is $5,000 USD. The tuition amount is inclusive of the $500 deposit. Tuition will be invoiced through Quickbooks and can be paid on-line. For the Fall 2021 semester, tuition is due by August 20th, 2021. We accept the following forms of payment:
Our Admissions Team carefully reviews each application and works hard to ensure all students receive their admissions decision within 5 business days of applying.
Early Deadline: Oct 29
Regular Deadline: Nov 22
Tuition for Global Citizen Year Academy is $5,000 USD. This amount includes the $500 deposit.
Yes. We find incredible young leaders from all backgrounds and are proud to award need-based scholarships to qualified applicants who would not otherwise be able to afford our programs. Each semester, we carefully review all incoming financial aid applications, and regularly have more outstanding candidates than scholarships available. Visit our Scholarships page for more information about our financial aid process and philosophy.
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